UN congratulates Farmajo on election as new Somalia president


The United Nations has congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo for his election as the federal president of Somalia after defeating former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the country’s poll held earlier this week.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday congratulated Farmajo, saying he hoped the new president would “move expeditiously to form an inclusive cabinet.”

Guterres said “the new government and federal member states should together tackle urgent national priorities immediately, including finalizing the constitution and establishing effective national security forces.”

Earlier Thursday, the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) issued a statement welcoming the conclusion of presidential elections, and congratulating Farmajo on his victory.

The statement noted that President Farmajo will face formidable challenges, particularly with regard to the country’s worsening drought crisis and the possibility of famine, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that security is another area of key concern.

Farmajo, the former prime minister in Somalia’s transitional federal government between 2009 and 2010, was elected the new president of Somalia on Wednesday.